Chroma Key: Sony Vegas vs. Sony Movie Studio

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Maxwell, May 29, 2005.

  1. Maxwell

    Maxwell Guest

    I'm interested in purchasing Sony Vegas, and plan to work heavily with
    the chroma key fx. Is the chroma key feature in Sony Movie Studio the
    same as in Vegas, or is it a pared down version? Is there software
    that does chroma keying better than Vegas for roughly the same price or

    I have a copy of Video Explosion which supposedly is adapted from
    Vegas, but the chroma key feature sucks, to say the least. I also use
    Videowave 7, and it does a much better job of chroma keying, but its
    other features are very inflexible (can't detach main audio; can't
    render without titles, etc.).

    Maxwell, May 29, 2005
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    I've never used Movie Studio, only Vegas, so I can't say if it's the same or
    I suggest you download the trial version of Vegas 6 and try if for yourself.

    Mike Kujbida, May 29, 2005
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  3. Maxwell

    Maxwell Guest

    Thanks Mike! Yes I did download the trial version of Vegas 6, which is
    why I'm asking the comparison with Movie Studio, which is a few hundred
    dollars less than Vegas. I like Vegas, but if there is something out
    there that does chroma key better, I may opt for that. Similarly, if
    the chroma key feature of Movie Studio is equivalent to Vegas, I may be
    satisfied with that.
    Maxwell, May 30, 2005
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Depends how serious you are about wanting to do really good chroma key (as
    good as it gets with the DV format, anyway). Take a look at and see what you think. A trial
    download is available. There are several folks on various Vegas forums that
    use the program vaery successfully.

    Mike Kujbida, May 30, 2005
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    marks542004 Guest

    I have tried the Sony Vegas 4 Movie studio package (around $100 or

    It is a cut down version of Vegas 5 but has all the features I needed
    for the basic editing I do.

    The chroma key feature is very good since you can specify a color range
    rather than a specific RGB value. This means you can accomodate slight
    variations in your 'green screen' due to lighting.

    I did notice a slight halo effect around the image but this was
    overcome by careful background selection.

    You can download a trial version.from the Sony site.
    marks542004, May 30, 2005
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    yrret Guest

    Can't really answer the question directly, but Vegas 6 comes with a second
    third-party keyer (I believe its a Boris brand product). Its not part of
    the demo so I can't comment on how well it does.
    yrret, May 31, 2005
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